The healing power of a story – By MiNDFOOD Editor-in-Chief Michael McHugh
One of my most favourite features in each issue of MiNDFOOD is My Story. This is often a very personal story from a reader who shares a moment in their life that we can all learn from, and reflect on our own lives. I love telling stories, but even more so I love sharing the stories of our readers.
My responsibility as the editor of MiNDFOOD is to share stories and ideas that create the opportunity for people to think smart, and perhaps – over time – rethink their outlook on life. And Sarah’s story in the August issue does just that.
In “The power of a Secret” – a story being sexually harassed a teenager – Sarah shares how she has been haunted by keeping a horrific ordeal as a child bottled up for years. Sarah says that she chose to share her story with MiNDFOOD to acknowledge every person who confronts their past and comes forward. This process is never easy. For Sarah, being believed was the biggest hurdle to overcome when sharing her story, and often the first part in helping yourself to confront your past.
After sharing her story with me Sarah says that she feels herself getting stronger – that the process has been life-changing. “I can learn to manage this, and I can see my life getting better.” Changing the way you, think about certain issues is what drives me and inspires all the content you read in the magazine.
On the cover is Jodie Foster who continues this theme of healing. Foster shares how she as a female actress and director needs to be at the forefront of changing the mindset of Hollywood when it comes to the role of women – and how the movie industry needs to heal itself through change.
Also in the August issue:
Brave words: Kiwi actors react to memories of women in New Zealand being the first in the world to vote. Indulge in a Slice of Heaven as we offer up tasty baked treats. And for those of you with a Love for red wine, discover everything you need to know about selecting that perfect bottle.
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